Friday, January 31, 2014
Sunday, January 26, 2014
We attended a funeral of the BPs wife's father. It was at another denomination. They have to bury the same day of death because there is no means of preservation of the body in Vanuatu. His body is put a wood box. After they all go to the cemetery.
As the grave diggers dig the grave, family members participate in digging. The family is wailing and sobbing the whole time. Some on the ground. He was in the war in the Solomon Islands and has a huge family. They place the box down in the ground using straps of material under the box to let it down in. Then take turns covering the box with dirt. After silk flowers are place on by anyone.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Always love going to Ambae! Some of the amazing Elders of Ambae in front of our guesthouse.
We looked at the Lobori chapel with Pres. Mol. It is rotting and can't be used now so
we are studying it to see what kind of repairs can be made.
Look at the amazing "temporary shelter" they made to meet in out of bamboo. You need to look at it closely. They peel bamboo and even use bamboo as pegs and anything else they need. It is so amazing to see how people live off the land.
Again woven out of bamboo or natangora leaves not sure. Didn't get to close. One of you ex Vanuatu missionaries probably know.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Can you believe a branch staying up the night at the church and then coming to a beach and swimming, playing games and yes....more food! Well it is true. They got to the beach by 8:00am and stayed until 4:00. Very relaxing day. I Suspect that tomorrow we are back to work so you may not see many blogs for a while.
Yum.... Bullock. With Elder Tula.
Dr Wong from mainland China. He is working at the hospital and interested in talking about the gospel
How about a little squid???
We had gone to church in the Tanavoli Branch the Sunday before. Both gave talks and both were asked to teach RS and Priesthood classes! But it was there that we were prepped for the New years Eve Custom of "powdering"! Don't know if they call it that, but I will. It involves lots of baby powder and lots of good wishes, hugs and kisses! So fun! Branch Pres.s wife went around giving early well wishes!
So when New Year's Eve came, we were prepared! The men at church were barbecuing sausages and chicken to make sandwiches. I helped assemble, cut watermelon and hand out. I also brought 3 banana breads and 2 Texas fudge cakes to share. Great night. Started with a meeting sharing good things that happens in 2013. Mike shared the biggest blessing of coming on our mission to Vanautu. Then the food, the secret sister exchange and dancing began! The branch stays All Night! No sleep, if they sleep, it is on the floor or on the grass.....children are there all night too. We danced in the New Years and we to home to bed.